Marine Mammal Regulations (SOR/93-56)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2015-07-16. Previous Versions

Narwhal

 No person who ordinarily resides in a settlement set out in column I of an item of the table to this section shall fish for narwhal after notice has been given by a fishery officer that the annual fishing quota set out in column II of that item has been reached.

TABLE

ItemColumn IColumn II
SettlementAnnual Fishing Quota
1Arctic Bay100
2Broughton Island50
3Cape Dorset10
4Clyde River50
5Coral Harbour10
6Creswell Bay12
7Gjoa Haven10
8Grise Fiord20
9Hall Beach10
10Igloolik10
11Iqaluit10
12Lake Harbour10
13Pangnirtung40
14Pelly Bay10
15Pond Inlet100
16Repulse Bay25
17Resolute Bay20
18Spence Bay10
19Rankin Inlet10
20Chesterfield Inlet5
21Whale Cove5

 Every person who kills a narwhal shall forthwith

  • (a) affix the licence under the authority of which it was killed securely to the tusk of the narwhal or, where there is no tusk, to the carcass of the narwhal;

  • (b) mark the month of the kill by making a notch in the appropriate date square indicated on the edge of the licence; and

  • (c) tear off the portion of the licence indicated on the licence, mark on that portion of the licence the month in which the narwhal was killed and the sex of the narwhal, and return that portion of the licence as soon as possible to the person who issued the licence.

PART IIIWalrus

 No person shall fish for walrus with a firearm unless the person uses

  • (a) a rifle and bullets that are not full metal-jacketed that produce a muzzle energy of not less than 1,500 foot pounds; or

  • (b) a shotgun and rifled slugs that produce a muzzle energy of not less than 1,500 foot pounds.

 No person who ordinarily resides in a settlement set out in column I of an item of the table to this section shall fish for walrus after notice has been given by a fishery officer that the annual fishing quota set out in column II of that item has been reached.

TABLE

ItemColonne IColonne II
SettlementAnnual Fishing Quota
1Coral Harbour60
2Sanikiluaq10
3Arctic Bay10
4Clyde River20

PART IVSeals

Licences

  •  (1) Every person who fishes for seals shall hold at least one of the following licences:

    • (a) a fishing licence for seal — personal use;

    • (b) a fishing licence for seal — commercial use; or

    • (c) a fishing licence for nuisance seal.

  • (2) The operator of a collector vessel shall hold a collector vessel licence.

  • SOR/2003-103, s. 5.

 The Minister may establish — on the basis of the size of vessels used by licence holders for fishing seals, licence holders’ home ports and any other factor relevant to seal fishing — classes of fishing licences for seal referred to in subsection 26.1(1).

  • SOR/2008-43, s. 2.

Prohibitions

 No person other than a beneficiary shall sell, trade or barter a whitecoat or blueback.

  •  (1) No person shall fish for seals, for personal or commercial use, in any of Sealing Areas 4 to 33 except with

    • (a) a round club made of hardwood that measures not less than 60 cm and not more than 1 m in length and that, for at least half of its length, beginning at one end, measures not less than 5 cm and not more than 7.6 cm in diameter;

    • (b) an instrument known as a hakapik, consisting of a metal ferrule that weighs at least 340 g with a slightly bent spike not more than 14 cm in length on one side of the ferrule and a blunt projection not more than 1.3 cm in length on the opposite side of the ferrule and that is attached to a wooden handle that measures not less than 105 cm and not more than 153 cm in length and not less than 3 cm and not more than 5.1 cm in diameter;

    • (c) a rifle and bullets that are not full metal-jacketed that produce a muzzle velocity of not less than 1,800 feet per second and a muzzle energy of not less than 1,100 foot pounds; or

    • (d) a shotgun of not less than 20 gauge and rifled slugs.

  • (1.1) No person shall use a club or hakapik to strike a seal older than one year unless the seal has been shot with a firearm.

  • (2) Every person who strikes a seal with a club or hakapik shall strike the seal on the top of the cranium until it has been crushed and shall immediately palpate the cranium to confirm that it has been crushed.

  • (3) If a firearm is used to fish for a seal, the person who shoots the seal or retrieves it shall palpate the cranium as soon as possible after it is shot to confirm that the cranium has been crushed.

  • (4) Every person who palpates the cranium of a seal and determines that the cranium is not crushed shall immediately strike the seal with a club or hakapik on the top of its cranium until the cranium has been crushed.

  • SOR/2003-103, s. 6;
  • SOR/2009-66, s. 2.

 No person shall skin a seal until the cranium has been crushed and at least one minute has elapsed after the two axillary arteries of the seal located beneath its front flippers have been severed to bleed the seal.

  • SOR/2003-103, s. 7;
  • SOR/2009-66, s. 3.
 
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